Kaliwa’t Kanang DAM(Nasyon): A forum on the Kaliwa/Kanan Dam project and its impacts on ancestral domains and indigenous peoples

| Written by CSWCD

September 10, 2019, 1:00 to 5:00pm | Bulwagang Tandang Sora, UP CSWCD

The attainment of genuine rights to ancestral lands, self-determination and liberation are the primary issues that Indigenous Peoples (IP) are striving hard to fight for. In the first three years of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, IPs face relentless and worsening development aggression, forcing them out of their communities and causing destruction to their ancestral lands. Duterte’s 10-point Economic Agenda and Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 set the neoliberal policy of Public-Private Partnership and Build, Build, Build program in motion, where public services are privatized and made profitable for big multinational corporations (MNCs). Part of this so-called development programs are the various mega dam and energy projects to be built on loans from Official Development Aid (ODA), particularly from China.

One of Pres. Duterte’s infrastructure projects is the New Centennial Water Source Project or the Kaliwa, Kanan, and Laiban Dams in Rizal and Quezon. This mega-dam project brings imminent destruction and submergence of communities and ancestral territories and dislocates the Dumagat from the mountains of Sierra Madre. Despite the growing protests from the IPs and the public, these destructive development projects are already being implemented through divide and conquer tactics, and direct neglect and violation of IP and Human Rights.

In line with this, the UP CSWCD Research and Extension for Development Office (REDO), in partnership with the CSWCD Student Council, UP Diliman Gender Office, KATRIBU-UPD, and the Network Opposed to Kaliwa, Kanan, and Laiban Dams, is organizing a public forum that aims to discuss updates, impacts and implications of mega dam projects, particularly the New Centennial Water Source Project, to indigenous peoples and communities. The public forum, “Kaliwa’t Kanang DAM(Nasyon)”, will be held on September 10, 2019, Tuesday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Bulwagang Tandang Sora, College of Social Work and Community Development (UP CSWCD). The forum also aims to forge and strengthen solidarity between students, the academe, and indigenous peoples and communities.